We love a guy who’s honest about why he does yoga. So many men would be tempted to say that it’s purely for the sweat, the workout, the strength-building. But if you ask Adam Levine, the lead singer from Maroon 5, it’s as much for the emotional benefits as the physical. In a recent interview with Yoga Journal, he dished on how yoga transformed his once inflexible life:
I won’t lie: At the beginning, it was 100 percent physical for me. I had lactic acid from working out. I couldn’t touch my toes. People who say that they don’t do yoga for the physical benefits are full of it. It makes you look great, which is cool, but it also makes you feel great. Both are awesome. It puts me in a completely different place mentally now. The practice slows me down. I have to focus so intently, I’m not thinking about anything else. My mind is free of the typical thoughts. Yoga really revolutionized my life.
Levine definitely has the right attitude. It takes a true manly man to say that something moves him mentally, spiritually and emotionally. And who are we to argue that it also makes him look great?
In a previous interview with Women’s Health, the sexy rock star talked about his hesitancy to get involved with yoga–something guys (and girls)–can certainly relate to:
I was skeptical, to say the least. I was wary of the cliche´s associated with yoga: spirituality used as a marketing tool or Eastern philosophy sold at Starbucks to disenchanted lawyers and accountants looking for meaning. What I soon realized is that yoga welcomes everyone—that’s extremely appealing.
And when asked for his best advice for wanna-be yogis, Levine adds:
Start simple. Yoga will drastically improve you in every way imaginable. But let’s face it, I only practice yoga because the classes are always packed with beautiful women. (I am totally kidding.)
Like we said, we love a guy who’s honest!